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Women’s baseball clinic raises money for Susan G. Komen

The preseason No. 1 ranked baseball team will trade in their Horned Frog purple for pink at TCU’s second annual Frogs for the Cure baseball clinic for women Thursday.

Ann Louden, the chancellor’s associate for external relations, said the event would focus on raising money for breast cancer research, but would also provide a way for women to enjoy an evening trying their hand at baseball.

Registration for the clinic is $35 per person, and all ticket proceeds will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Fort Worth Affiliate, she said. Women 21 years or older can participate in the clinic.

Meredith Montgomery, one of the organizing contributors to the event, said the clinic would include hands-on baseball fun, including a round of batting practice and a chance to test the velocity of participants’ fastball pitch. The women can also look forward to a fashion show featuring members of the baseball team and the TCU Showgirls modeling attire from Teskey’s Uptown, a western-style clothing store located off West Seventh Street, she said.

Dinner for participants will be catered and door prizes will include Nocona TCU boots, American Express gift cards and TCU baseball tickets, she said.

Louden said one of the highlights of the night will be the baseball video featuring the song “We Fight Back” by TCU alumnus and singer/songwriter Tim Halperin. The video will include members of the baseball team and some of their stories surrounding their families’ fight with breast cancer, she said.

“We have an [alumnus] with his mother who is a breast cancer survivor and then three other current players that tell their story of how breast cancer has affected them and their family,” Louden said.

Kami Schlossnagle, wife of head baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle, helped create the Frogs for the Cure baseball clinic last year. She said some members of the team have experienced the effects of breast cancer first-hand after having family members diagnosed with the disease.

“We’ve had a lot of players’ moms and grandmothers that have been affected by breast cancer, and we wanted to find something that we could attach ourselves to as a program,” Kami Schlossnagle said. “We have lost a couple of moms of the players while they’ve been student athletes, so that has really been the biggest factor with us tying on to Komen.”

Montgomery said the event has been extremely successful in raising money for Komen for the Cure and also in getting more women excited about baseball.

“We’ve always been really involved with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and we just wanted to do something to help them more,” Montgomery said.

Montgomery said the event is one that she hopes will continue growing year after year.

The event will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Sam Baugh Indoor Practice Facility.

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